Key Feeding References

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Key Feeding References

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:51 am

These are all very important and useful articles that explain both the background to tortoise nutrition, and the practical aspects

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/webdiet.htm

A comprehensive overview of feeding various species with emphasis on how to avoid problems.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/dietaryfibre.html

Very latest findings on feeding dried foods, based on recent studies conducted in Spain with Testudo graeca graeca

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/calcium.htm

Discusses the need for calcium and D3 and the options for providing them to ensure good bone development.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/dietcons.html

A more technical discussion of tortoise nutrition. One of the earliest papers resulting from Tortoise Trust research over 20 years ago. Still current and relevant.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/enews/

A completely practical, short guide to providing a healthy diet for Mediterranean tortoises over winter (or at other times). As used by the Tortoise Trust.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/Feeding_FAQ.htm

Some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on diet and feeding.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/Plantoxins.htm

A discussion of toxic plants and tortoises.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/houseplants.htm

Safety of some common houseplants

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/aquaticdiet.htm

Feeding aquatic turtles. Practical guidelines.

http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/f ... foots.html

Feeding Redfoot and Yellowfoot tortoises (also useful for hingebacks, etc.)

See individual article links for more.

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Re: Key Feeding References

Postby caroline davies » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:14 pm

When can my 4 year old juvenile tortoise hibernate, he has some dry flakey skin form being in a vivarium? any advice welcome. :| :| :cry:
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Re: Key Feeding References

Postby Tortoise Trust » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:47 am

Too late this year. I assume he is out of the vivarium now?
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Re: Key Feeding References

Postby caroline davies » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:06 pm

Still in vivarium but out in the house still giving UV light and heat lamp? is this not right?
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Re: Key Feeding References

Postby Nina » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:31 pm

caroline davies wrote:Still in vivarium but out in the house still giving UV light and heat lamp? is this not right?
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Hi Caroline,
It does depend on what you mean by the word 'vivarium', but most of us understand this to be a glass, or glass and wood 'tank'. Here's a very good article on why vivariums are not good indoor homes for tortoises. http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/vivarium.htm

Vivariums are often recommended for tortoises by pet shops, sometimes out of ignorance, but often because they are profitable items of equipment for the shop to sell. Most of us use 'tortoise tables', which are generous with floor space and not enclosed, so that a good variation in temperatures can be achieved from one end of the 'table' to the other (think of a bookshelf on its back, with the shelves taken out, and that's pretty much what it is -- a shallow box with sides just high enough so that the tortoise can't climb out).

If you do have a vivarium there are ways to modify it, but it's probably best to return it and get a refund if you can, and start over. We can give you lots of ideas on how to construct or where to buy a tortoise table, as many of us have gone through the same process before we got it right.

Best wishes,
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heating and uv light

Postby caroline davies » Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:01 pm

Thanks for your reply my juvenile tortoise is about 4 years old. I have a tortoise table I could transfer him too. Would he still require a heat and UV lamp at present he is in a half wood glass vivarium with a heat and Uv lamp, and let out to wander about indoors. Thanks!
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Re: Key Feeding References

Postby PixelAdventures » Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:09 am

Yes he'd still need the heat and UV lamps, but at this time of year he should be out pretty much 24/7, providing he has safe, warm shelter such as an insulated shed with lamps in. They shouldn't be allowed to wander indoors, http://tortoisetrust.org/articles/roaming.html
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Re: Key Feeding References

Postby Annabellam » Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:45 pm

Thank you for sharing this. I think it's very useful information and especially for new people around here.
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